Welcome to My Professional Portfolio
       Sarah E. Rios
BM in Voice Performance from Barry University, Miami Shores, FL
MMEd Candidate, VanderCook College of Music, Chicago, IL

Background and Credentials
am a student at VanderCook College of Music working towards a Master of Music Education degree with a teaching certificate. My major instrument is voice but I am studying all instruments and learning how to teach music classes in choral, general music and instrumental music areas. I hope one day to teach students at the middle school, high school and college levels.  In addition to studying at VanderCook, I have experience giving lessons in vocal technique. Before enrolling at VanderCook, I was a student at Barry University in Miami Shores, Florida where I studied voice with Dr. Giselle Rios, studied theater and performance workshop with Jett Canary and Dr. William Adams, studied piano with Rodolfo Brito and sang in Civic Chorale and Chamber Ensemble under the direction of Derna Ford and Dr. Giselle Rios. I also spent a decade working as a teacher of private and semi private piano and voice; as well as working as a substitute teacher in public school districts and teaching music in private elementary schools one to two days a week.

I grew up in the south suburbs of Chicago, Illinois where I learned to love music. At Rich South high school, I had the opportunity to sing in a choral setting under the direction of Jack Meyer and Cheryl Paulette.  I also had the opportunity to sing in Swing Choir and Gospel Choir as well as taking piano lessons from Mrs. Jacobson as an elementary school student. I plan to complete the MMEd degree in the spring of 2013. You may view my complete resume here.

About VanderCook College of Music
VanderCook College of Music is the only degree-granting institution in the United States solely dedicated to music teacher education. The mission of the college is to enrich the lives of present and future generations through the preparation of teachers in instrumental, choral, and general music disciplines. Its broad-based curriculum is designed to prepare teachers with strong character, skill in the process of teaching, and respect for the essential role of music in our culture.

VanderCook's Conceptual Framework

The Conceptual Framework of VanderCook College of Music is built from three essential attributes: Professionalism in teaching, excellence in music, and strength in character. This framework directs the programs, courses, teachings, assessment of candidates and faculty, scholarship, service and accountability of the College as a whole. My personal experiences as a student in the MMEd program enhanced my understanding of my profession and myself with respect to each of these attributes. To see more, please go to  VCM Conceptual Framework.

Teaching Philosophy

The Arts in Education:
Performing artists should use the beauty of their art to inspire students of all ages to strive for success in every area of life and to be significant in every area about which they are passionate; making an important impact on the world in which we live. 

Educational Values:

  • There is no such thing as a human being that cannot learn.
  • All students deserve a good education.
  • Just because a student is reared in poverty (abuse, neglect, violence) does NOT mean that they are destined for poverty.
  • If a student’s biological or emotional needs are not met, it is very difficult for that student to learn.
  • No one can force any student to learn (be successful, etc). The student has to want to learn.
  • Relationship building is not only important in life, but also in the process of learning.
  • Conflict resolution and communication (with parents, colleagues, students, etc.)  is imperative to teaching.